Saints Earn Highest-Ever Ranking in AVCA Coaches Poll at No. 5

Saints Earn Highest-Ever Ranking in AVCA Coaches Poll at No. 5

ARLINGTON, Va. - For the first time in the program's brief five-year history, the Marymount men's volleyball team has achieved a top five national ranking as the Saints were ranked at No. 5 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Men's Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Marymount (9-3), who was ranked as high at No. 8 a year ago, has won seven of its last eight and is a perfect 5-0 at home this season with wins over No. 3 SUNY New Paltz and No. 6 Kean. Meanwhile, two of the Saints' three losses have come on the road against No. 2 Stevens and No. 9 Carthage.

Also on Tuesday, senior TJ Wiechecki was honored as the AVCA National Player of the Week, becoming the second player in the last two seasons to receive the honor.

Marymount leads the CVC and is ranked fifth nationally at 12.76 kills per set while leading the conference and ranking seventh in Division III with a .275 hitting percentage. The Saints also lead the CVC in aces per set and assists per set.

Individually, Wiechecki is second in the CVC and fifth in the nation at 4.05 kills per set while ranking second in the conference and seventh in Division III with 4.76 points per set. Meanwhile, senior Erich Bratke leads the CVC and is fifth nationally at 10.22 assists per set.

Marymount begins an eight game road trip on Friday when it travels to Juniata for a CVC contest beginning at 6 p.m.